Alanna Rachel born April 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm.
7 pounds, 15 ounces
19.75 inches long
(Please note that in the following pictures I have been in labor and don't exactly look my best.)
Finally, she's here. It took awhile, but we made it and everybody is healthy - the most important thing.
Monday morning we arrived at the hospital to be induced at 6 am. After getting checked in (and eating) they finally started the pitocin somewhere between 8 and 9. Somewhere about noon they broke my water and the contractions really started coming hard so it was time for the epidural.
The first epidural didn't take. Over an hour later, after messing with the drugs and trying different things they decided to re-do it.
The second epidural they couldn't get in and it would not work so they had to try again.
On the third try it finally was proper and I was blessedly numb and could sleep for the rest of the labor.
They were very busy that day and the usual 1:1 ratio of nurse to patient was now 1:2. Since I was an easy patient, sleeping, and my monitors were all fine they apparently hadn't checked on me for hours. It was past 6 pm when I woke up (numb still) and told Ryan to get a nurse because I felt a lot of pressure and something was going on.
The nurse shows up, checks me and is astonished to find that the baby is coming -- right then. Not crowing, but close. So they hurriedly set everything up and in a short time Alanna comes into the world.
strong, healthy baby girl
it is so amazing how much she and Will look alike
We had to stay in the delivery room for 2 hours and then we finally went upstairs for the recovery part. I did have visitors! Mom and Will came Tuesday to see the baby and Pastor Darrin and Erin stopped by as well. Then on Wednesday morning I was surprised to have our senior pastor and wife come by to visit. That was so nice of them.
me with my babies
the whole family
The hospital requires a 24-hour observation of babies, but since Alanna was born late in the day we had to stay longer because they don't want people having to leave late in the evening. Wednesday afternoon we finally got to go home. It is so nice to be home! Lots of adjusting though... and the soreness and recovery are no joke.
Will has been very interested in his new sister. He likes to pat her and "hold" her. He's been my little helper getting me the pillow when it's time to nurse and letting me know when she's crying (like I can't already hear it). My mom has been so much help as well. I feel more sore this time than with Will so moving around can be slow. We're still working on the feeding and sleeping... but at least it seems like the milk has finally come in. I hope we can sleep better tonight.
Maya has also been very interested in the baby. She's really into sniffing her and I think she might become protective of the little one. We'll just have to wait and see.
sleeping in the living room play pen